Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jenna Lyons' 10 Commandments

"Thanks!" to many of you, including Saori, as well as sandripera (in this post) who let us know about the following article from the Guardian (click here to read in its entirety):

J Crew in London: Jenna Lyons' 10 commandments
US chain J Crew opens its first London store this week. To mark the occasion, creative director Jenna Lyons shares her top 10 style rules with us

1. Don't divide your wardrobe into smart and casual, but mix them up
"For example, if you have one of our flip-hem wool skirts, you can wear it smart and flirty with a blazer and shirt and jewels and a heel. But you can also wear it dressed down, with an oversized sweatshirt and New Balance trainers."

2. Trend is a dirty word to me"What I care about are changes in proportion.
When it feels like pants are getting skinnier, or waistbands are moving a little higher, that matters to me. But we're not about clothes you buy because they're on trend, we're about beautiful pieces you buy because you want to wear them every day."

3. Freshening up your look doesn't always have to be about buying something new
"We might have a sweater on sale for six months, and we'll shoot it in six different ways for the catalogue, which comes out monthly. It's a challenge, but that's where the fun is. We're all about suggesting new ways to wear the clothes you have."

4. Party dressing should never be head-to-toe shine and sparkle
"If you're wearing a jewelled top, then maybe wear it with a menswear trouser and a loafer. Things that play off each other, instead of matching up, create a fun mood."

5. Details matter
"I'm obsessed with our double-faced cashmere grey T-shirt, which has a lime green lining. That little glimpse is such a great surprise."

6. Mix colours in your jewellery, as well as your clothes
"Try a stack of bracelets on each wrist, and rings on both hands, in a mix of yellow and rose- gold."

7. Don't feel you have to wear a quirky look every day
"Sometimes you are in the mood for a white shirt – that's fine. You can totally default to a pair of black or navy pants. That's always allowed!"

8. A masculine element will make any outfit more chic
"Menswear is at the heart of everything we do at J Crew. Even if it's a very fancy, feminine piece, like a jewelled T-shirt, if you drill down you'll find a tailored shape at its root."

9. Don't ignore all those fabulous neon orange and moss-green pieces because you are not confident with colour
"Colour isn't easy for anyone. It's not easy for me! It's a challenge. It feels good to embrace a challenge."

10. You can't go wrong with cashmere
"A pair of cashmere socks might not be original, but it's always a great Christmas gift, because nobody buys themselves cashmere socks."

What are your thoughts on Jenna's advice for style? Do you agree or disagree with her suggestions? Do you think J.Crew follows her style guide advice? What would advice would make it to your top 10?


  1. OT - New promo is up! STYLETIME for 40% off sale items. Free shipping on all orders, Wed only.

    Shop with the Irl Pic Guide.

    1. Thanks Gigi! Lots of popbacks in the sale section. Got the P00 schoolboy blazer in beaded tweed using the code. Fingers crossed that it ships!

    2. jano - It's a good feeling, isn't it? lol It will ship. In brand new condition. :)

  2. Wow--another crazy round of popbacks. They must've been pleased with how that went last time :)

    1. Wendy - For sure. I woke up this morning like, that number can't be right :-)

      I'm not sure that the timing of it had the intended shopping impact though. I was so busy combing through the sale section that I didn't bother looking at new arrivals.

  3. The comment about the double-faced cashmere tee is amazing because it's almost $900. For a "tee." Come on. J.Crew used to be affordable but the "collection" aspect now is insulting to loyal customers. J.Crew is fashionable and cool in many ways, but I think Jenna aspires to be Prada or something. And if that happens, there will be very few original customers who can afford to come along for that ride. I'm getting tired of the overpricing of a lot of these garments. Stuff made in China isn't worth it. And also, JC seems to have very little regard for organic and natural fabrics. Even H&M has some organic cotton products. I'm a JC lover from way back, but Jenna is beginning to irritate me.

  4. "You can totally default to a pair of black or navy pants. That's always allowed!"

    I'm so relieved to know that Jenna approves of me wearing black pants. I was going to be concerned if said it wasn't okay. :eyeroll:


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